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article imageOp-Ed: Boxing Pride in the Philippines and worldwide over Donaire win

By William Charles Baker     Feb 21, 2011 in Sports
The amazing history of Manny Pacquiao could justifiably overshadow many past and present Filipino champions even the current female champion Ana Julaton. Nonito Donaire is another champion to add to the ever spreading nationalistic pride.
ABS-CBN reports: “A 2nd-round knockout win by Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire, Jr. over Mexican foe Fernando Montiel wowed boxing fans and experts alike. It also ignited Filipino pride across the country and worldwide. Filipinos–whether watching inside the Mandalay Resorts arena or tuning in to their television sets–rejoiced that another compatriot made a name in the international boxing scene.”
The victory of Nonito Donaire over Fernando Montiel should not come as a surprise since he is the most recent in a long line of Filipino fighters to hold world titles now female champion Ana Julaton as well.
As the Bantamweight champion in two sanctioning bodies Nonito Donaire stands in the footsteps of other past Filipino champions that hopefully will not be forgotten. Luisito Espinosa the WBA Bantamweight title holder compiled a record of (60-27-13) with 26 KO’s and held the title from 1989 to 1991.
Gerry Penalosa the past WBO Bantamweight title holder compiled a record of (65-55-8-2) with 37 KO’s and held the title until vacated when he did not defend it within the specified time frame. Penalosa had a noteworthy career including incidents inside and outside the ring as well.
His confrontation and near street fight in Oct 2007 with former world champion Jorge "Travieso" Arce showed a grit and indication that the Filipino fighting spirit could exist outside the ring as well. After Pacquiao defeated Marco Antonio Barrera Penalosa and Arce met on their way out of the Mandalay Bay events center.
Philboxing reports: “Sources indicate that after the fight, Arce and Penalosa cross paths while on their way out of the Mandalay Bay Events Center, and when both fighters came close to each other, the Mexican immediately came up to Penalosa and challenged the latter to a fight. "I want to fight you! Let's fight," a source quoted Arce as telling Penalosa, who was accompanied to the fight by wife Goody and Japanese associate Kosuke Washio. Goody Penalosa had to intervene when her husband came into Arce's direction, which had witnesses worrying a riot would ensue between the fighters and their respective companions.”
The confrontation was reported to have been started by a fan who told Arce that Penalosa could beat him and was more popular. Arce was incensed and wanted the fight with Penalosa to occur as they passed each other but through intervention punches were not thrown.
The term “Pinoy” is a recognition and indication of heritage and respect by many in the Filipino community. Its most general definition and acceptance would be Filipinos in the Philippines or in other countries. Some would go into other more extended explanations but I am satisfied that you are a Pinoy if you say you are.
Philboxing reports: “East Coast Pinoys celebrate Donaire's victory”
So it is time to deal with the facts and announce that great fighters come from all places and every country has the right to celebrate its heroes. Snickers and remarks about the love and over abundance of praise for current Filipino fighters are short sighted when the totality of the Pinoy experience is taken into account. There is no room for discrimination in life or in boxing. At least when there is a fight right and wrong is easily decided. Start the parade, fighters fight, fans celebrate, they always did they always will.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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